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You know what time it is [[FanCommunityNickname forum]], it's time for the Comment Question of the day, and it comes from a user named "[=ThisTroper=]". And he says, "Could you [[DescribeTopicHere describe Equals Three here]]?" Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section ''below''.

''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/RayWilliamJohnson Equals Three]]'' (=3) is a Website/YouTube series formerly hosted by Ray William Johnson, reviewing viral videos found by or sent to him. Three videos are shown and a question submitted via video is posed for the commenters to respond to in the comments section. New videos are posted every Tuesday and Friday. On [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFCT8YaYcE March 12, 2014]], Ray retired from the show but promised to find a new host within two months who'd then reboot the series. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze43h65VHwk On July 16, 2014]], the show was finally rebooted with the new host.

Ray also releases songs and videos under the account name [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Yourfavoritemartian Your Favorite Martian]] (project has been retired at the moment but all videos can still be viewed).

It has a Spin-Off in Spanish: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/IgualATres Igual a tres]], hosted by Pedro Flores; as well as a French equivalent in ''WebVideo/WhatTheCut'', whose host and founder, Antoine Daniel, admitted that ''=3'' was a direct inspiration for his series.

Not to be confused with [[CatSmile :3]].
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!!'''This series provides examples of:'''

* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Other guys show up doing the show sometimes, with little actual introduction. So far we've seen [=meekakitty=], [=KassemG=], GarfunkelAndOates, [[JapaneseRanguage Bobby Lee]], [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear TJ Miller]], and friggin' ''GabrielIglesias''.
** In fall 2012, he took a break from the show to record a Your Favorite Martian album, and many different guests hosts appeared. One of them was freakin' ''KevinSmith''. Another was [[Music/WuTangClan the RZA]].
* ArtifactTitle: The [=YouTube=] channel is still called "[=RayWilliamJohnson=]," even though he is no longer the host of ''=3''.
* AutoTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBB7sYeCPoE This]] episode.
* ButtMonkey: In later episodes, the Google+ logo.
* TheCameo: None other than [[spoiler:RobinWilliams]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj9nrYVqmPg this video]].
* CatchPhrase: ''I'm just sayin'.''
** "What's happenin', forum/guys?"
** "Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section *deep bass* below."
** "Gee! Zus!"
*** This becomes a SubvertedCatchPhrase when he says, "'''GEE'''.... ''(gasps)''.....[-[[{{Understatement}} That's a lot of views]]."-]
** "I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this message!"
** "Fake and gay!"
*** "Falso y maricon!"
*** "Staged and bi-curious!"
** "So tell me, forum..."
** In recent episodes, he maims the Google+ logo.
** "Here's the dildo."[[note]]Misheard by some fans even though it's truly "Here's the deal though." Ray eventually went with it.[[/note]]
** "But don't take my word for it. Go watch the original video, link is in the description."
* ContinuityNod: Ray sometimes references videos that he reviewed in past episodes. A few examples include:
** In the episode "YOUTUBE FAMOUS! - Ray William Johnson - Equals Three =3", he reviews a video called "Michel & Sven - Der Trampolintrick - Teil 5 / The trick with a trampoline". He points out that the kids in the video are the same kids that were in the video called "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick - Teil 4 / The Table Cloth Magic Trick (Original)" that he reviewed in the episode "THUG GUMBY".
** In the episode "REDNECK DAD", he reviews a video of Corgi puppies running. He says that he reviewed a video exactly like it a couple of years ago. He reviewed said very similar video in the episode "Epic Boyfriend FAIL".
** In the episode "METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA", he reviews a news clip that has an anchot named Lisa Dutton in it. He says that you may remember her from the "pick a dick" video. The "pick a dick" video was reviewed in the episode "RHINO SAUSAGE - Ray William Johnson Video".
* CuteKitten: Cat videos show up on the series [[strike: every so often]] on a regular basis. Ray [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the Internet's apparent obsession with cat videos.
* DontTryThisAtHome
--> Ray: Now, I know every time I say DontTryThisAtHome you guys are like "Sweet, something I'm gonna try at home! Honey, get me my beer, the [[TakeThatMe midget on the internet]] is tellin' me not to do somethin' so I gotta do it!"
* {{Emoticon}}: =3
* HilariousOuttakes: Some of the videos after the show proper have a minute or so of Ray messing up lines, with a whole bunch of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* HypocriticalHumor: In ''The =3 Musical'', Ray asks "What kind of lame-ass person uses Autotune" while singing in Autotune himself.
* IncrediblyLamePun: So, so many. Enough to be a RunningGag.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ray is this in some videos.
* KnifeThrowingAct: One of Ray William Johnson's viral videos was a series of videos by a couple named Dakoda and Adam involving various knife-throwing (including a on-fire hatchet throwing act) acts done on each other. Warning: Watching video may bring risk of anxiety and heart attack.
* RefugeInAudacity: Lampshaded heavily.
* RunningGag: Several: YourMom, Ray's non-existent social/sexual life or lame jokes, [=PedoBear=], the Troll or any number of viral video-derived audacities, including something about 2 angry camels in a tiny car.
** Russian virals seem to be the most fun and unsafe-looking of late.
*** Gabriel Iglesias himself admitted he can't host an episode without a Russian video.
** Epic face, epic face, epic face, epic face, [[TheLonelyIsland JIZZ IN MY PANTS]]!
** He's also taken to assaulting Google+ when he says where you can leave your comments.
* SelfDeprecation: A part of his style which comes into play quite a lot.
* SoundEffectBleep: He tends not to curse in the videos, but does so in his personal vlog ([=BreakingNYC=]). He justified it in a vlog by saying he wants to keep the series kid-friendly.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL56NP5d96Q This]] video, "Indian Action" has an uncensored f-bomb, perhaps a first for Ray?
** He leaves uncensored [[IncrediblyLamePun Fluorine bombs]] in "Thug Gumby" and "Broken Goat", as well as the word itself appearing on screen in "Jesus Dance".
* StayInTheKitchen: Some of the jokes he makes are blatantly sexist. He always apologizes though.
* ThisLoserIsYou: A character labelled "You" occasionally appears. "You" say a lot of very stupid things.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The Troll.
* WhamLine: "Hi. I don't believe I've been formally introduced. My name's Ray Johnson, and I'm an actor. And this is ''Equals Three''. It's a show I started five years ago from my college dorm room. [[spoiler:And this is my last episode.]]" Averted if you followed Ray on social media before this.
* YourMom: An old RunningGag of the series. Reportedly, having sex with someone's mother is the only cure for squirrel AIDS.
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!!Your Favorite Martian provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Exploited in ''Club Villain''. Puff is allowed into the titular club, and uses his politeness to [[spoiler: get himself laid.]]
* AndThatsTerrible / BestialityIsDepraved: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCgx8zM3woQ The Stereotypes Song]] in which he jokingly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sings about stereotypes]], he mentions Scotsmen humping sheep, and at the end he adds, "But seriously, don't hump any sheep."
* ArtEvolution: The video for ''Whip Yo Kids'' and the videos onward have much better animation and art than the previous music videos.
* AscendedExtra: Benatar went from being the band's silent guitarist to getting as much singing time as Puff himself, singing more than Puff in ''Friend Zone'', ''Complicated'', ''Jupiter'', ''Somebody That I Used to Know'', and ''Bartender Song''. According to [[WordofGod Ray himself,]] Axel is expected to be singing at some point as well.
* BadSanta: Santa in "Santa Hates Poor Kids"
* BandToon: ''Your Favorite Martian: The Series'' is now being run on Website/YouTube. The series is a parody of more traditional band toons, only with a lot more sexual jokes and NSFW language.
* BiggerIsBetter: ''My Balls'' is a song where Puff brags that his balls can win back his ex-girlfriend (the person he's singing to)
* BlindingBangs: The entire backup.[[note]]Although fanart depicts Benatar as having PeekABangs.[[/note]] Even [=DeeJay=] with his FunnyAfro. Although we see his eyes starting in ''Transphobic Techno''.
* BuxomIsBetter: The subject of ''Tig Ol' Bitties.''
* CallBack: ''Tig Ol' Bitties'' makes a reference to ''My Balls''. "Like my balls--real big!"
** And in ''Whip Yo Kids'', a call back ''even further'', to the very first song his earlier band, Fatty Spins, put on youtube [[note]]This song was used in Ray's old show, Capitol Hill Gangsta, as well as for much of the early =3 episodes[[/note]] titled "Doin' Your Mom".:
* ChickMagnet: [=DeeJay=] (Fat black guy), bordering on KavorkaMan.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Grandma Got a Facebook'', all of the people that Puff's Grandma friends are from ''Club Villain'' and ''The Stereotypes Song''.
** Also Mr. Douchebag, who also shows up in ''Friend Zone'' and ''Just A Friend''.
** In ''Robot Bar Fight'', the Terminator does a dance we first saw on Mr. Douchebag.
** In the remix for the Mike Posner song ''She Looks Like Sex'', among the ugly woman in the place is Oprah and a fat trucker from ''Epileptic Techno'' and the Wet-Dog-headed girl from ''Dookie Fresh''.
** "And I'll rage, just like [[NostalgiaFilter the nerd]]."
* CoverVersion: Of one of the ending themes to Equals Three, ''Stalkin' Your Mom''. They will also only be doing covers until their album comes out in January. So far, they've done:
** ''Just a Friend'' by Biz Markie
** ''Somebody That I Used To Know'' by Music/{{Gotye}}
** ''Fight For Your Right (To Party)'' by BeastieBoys
** ''Love the Way It Hurts'' by {{Eminem}}
** ''My Balls'' and ''Alien'' by...themselves...
** ''Jump Around'' by HouseOfPain
** ''Bartender Song'' by Rehab
** ''High Voltage'' by LinkinPark
* DanBrowned: Scottish people are not really stereotyped for humping sheep.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Puff lets out his inner {{Eminem}} during the verses of "Alien," which is itself about bullying and isolation. Now, compare that to a song like "Booty Store..."
** "Text Me Back" is a pretty dark song, but just listen to it without watching the video to see how much darker it becomes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Transphobic Techno" is one for [=DeeJay=]- no one else in the band makes an appearance.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Transphobic Techno seems to offer a suggestion to why club music repeats the same words over and over again.
* DemotedToExtra: [=DeeJay=] went from being the second singer behind Puff and actually having his own song to mixing beats while Benatar [[AscendedExtra took his place]].
* DirtyOldWoman: Puff's grandma, AKA [[NameMcAdjective Slutty McButtSex]], in "Grandma got a Facebook."
* DisneyAcidSequence: ''Orphan Tears''.
** One part in ''Transphobic Techno''.
* DoubleSubversion: Puff may have made up the story of ''Robot Bar Fight'', but as the lights were turned off in the video, his eyes lit up.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: ChrisBrown is kicked out of a ''Villain's Club'', whose denizens include [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]] and UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of their songs are guilty of this.
* FantasticDrug: ''Orphan Tears''.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Faking big breasts?! Unforgivable! (Okay, for some guys this is the most evil thing ever, but ''still''...)
* FinishingMove: Several in ''Fight to Win''.
* {{Flanderization}}
* FreudianExcuse: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pmCSItNDs Take Over the World]], Wilton works in a crap job and gets mistreated.
* GargleBlaster: The titular ''Orphan Tears''.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Shitty G's girlfriend gets one of these in ''Bartender Song''
* HollywoodTourettes: "BARF, PISS, ASS, ASS, BARF!"
* HomoeroticSubtext:
** ''The Unofficial Smithers Love Song''. Enough said. Less "subtext" than "text".
** We get a clear shot of [[StarWars R2-D2 and C-3PO]] kissing in ''Robot Bar Fight'', before they are interrupted by a gun-toting WesternAnimation/WallE. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a long story]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Bottles of Beer'' has named 29 different beer brands in the lyrics.
* HypocriticalHumor: In ''Fight to Win'', both Puff and guest rapper [=DeStorm=] claim that fighting games like MortalKombat don't make them violent. They then proceed to kick each other's asses over the last nacho.
* IKnowMortalKombat: The Basic Premise of ''Fight to Win''.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: The Mom from "Stalkin' Your Mom".
* InDaClub: Examples include "Club Villain," "Orphan Tears," "Transphobic Techno" and "Epileptic Techno".
** She Looks Like Sex and White Boy Wasted, to a lesser extent.
* {{Joisey}}: The subject of the song "Mr. Douchebag."
* JustFriends: ''Friend Zone'', obviously.
* MadnessMantra: "''[[{{Squick}} Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis...]] [[BrainBleach Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis...]]''"
* MistakenForRacist: From the "Dookie Fresh" music video.
-->'''Puff''': To be honest [[ItMakesSenseInContext she smells like an Indian.]]\\
'''Indian Guy''': Hey, that's not funny!\\
'''Puff''': ''(stammers)'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny No, no I mean like Indian food. Like curry smells bad. Indian food!]]\\
'''Indian Guy''': You're a dick!
* MoodDissonance: For no obvious reason, the girl in ''Tig Ol' Bitties'' smiles after she gets yelled at by Puff (who is referred to as YourFavoriteMartian in the song); she was faking sadness.
* MoodWhiplash: "Alien" is not a comedic song at all, it's an anti-bullying song.
** ''Friend Zone'' and ''Complicated'' are pretty straight love songs with very little comedy.
** ''Take Over the World'' is less comedic, more reminding you that there are greater opportunities out there for you.
** Hell, all but four songs since Friend Zone have been serious (not counting covers).
* MushroomSamba: ''Orphan Tears'' is a song describing the effect of the titluar drug on Puff, [=DeeJay=], and special guest Wax. Needless to say, it's extremely trippy.
* NationalStereotypes: ''The Stereotypes Song'' is all about these.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: ''Zombie Love'' proves (unintentionally) that zombies have emotions as well.
* PrecisionFStrike: Oprah's purpose when she appeared in ''Epileptic Techno''.
** In "Alien": "All a bully needs is a '''FUCKING''' EXCUSE!"
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''Mr. Douchebag''. Bonus points for it being in song.
* ShoutOut: To many well-known [[BigBad Big Bads]] in ''Club Villain''.
** To Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail in Tig Ol' Bitties at 1:54.
** And WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy at the end of Tig Ol' Bitties.
** [[{{Eminem}} "Stain on my shirt - mom's spaghetti"]] in Tig Ol' Bitties.
** Wax claims he was "feeling like [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy]]" when he was spinning around in the black hole in ''Orphan Tears''.
** [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons To]] [[WesternAnimation/WallE a]] [[{{Transformers}} bunch]] [[Franchise/RoboCop of]] [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} robots]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan in]] ''Robot Bar Fight.''
** Maya Angelou of all people in ''Take Over the World''.
*** Not to mention the not-so-subtle reference to PinkyAndTheBrain.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The sole annotation in ''The Stereotypes Song'' says "Yes, the Scottish are known for humping sheep. Google it before you start arguing with me about it. :)"
** Referring to ''The Unofficial Smithers Love Song'': "Yes, that familiar progression you're hearing is Pachelbel's Canon in E. It's commonly used as a wedding song. Get it? :)"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Compared to a lot of their other work, ''Alien'' is a lot less funny and a lot more serious.
** Same goes for ''Friend Zone'' and ''Complicated''. Friend Zone has the occasional sight gag and one or two amusing lines, but ''Complicated'' has neither - both are songs about unrequited love.
** Same also goes for ''Take Over the World''. Like Friend Zone, it has one or two sight gags and amusing lines, but it's mainly about being stuck a job you hate and dreaming about chasing your own goals.
* TheSomethingSong: The Stereotype Song
* StockFootage: With many of YFM newer music videos, the chorus, as well as the actions of [=DeeJay=], Axel, and Benatar rely on this.
** Was subverted in "Alien" until the animations appear again in "White Boy Wasted"...
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: ''Booty Store'', natch.
* StylisticSuck: It's actually ''intentional'' that the lyrics of ''Bitch Got a Penis'' repeat over and over and over and over and ''[[HypocriticalHumor over and over and over and]]''...
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin TAKE OVER THE]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pmCSItNDs WORLD]]
* TakeThat: To ChrisBrown in ''Club Villain''.
** And a lot of the major world countries in ''The Stereotypes Song'', though he was just joking.
* {{Troll}}: A real world example. Ray takes time off from his other projects to work on recording a YFM album only to disband the group ''a month before the release.''
** To be fair, this was actually ExecutiveMeddling
* UnpluggedVersion: They did one for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsKVlgzDCj4 Alien]].
* UnusualEuphemism: "Partying" for "having sex".
* VocalTagTeam: Puff and Benatar.
* {{Yandere}}: ''Text Me Back'' is possibly one of the most prominent example of this trope ever.
--> '''Puff''': "''I had a dream that I killed you. I'm not certain what it means. I didn't say that I would do it. I said it was a dream. Anger is the lone emotion flowing through my veins. Knowing you, I may spend the night going through some pain. Call me insane, call me obsessed, the fact remains, I'll rage unless you text me back''"

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--> ''"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this trope!"''
--> ''"So tell me, forum...what's Victoria's Secret?"''
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